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District and UN advance third study of consumption of psychoactive substances in Bogota

Information will be collected and data analysis will be carried out to review and adjust health policies in Bogotá.

Consumption of Psychoactive Substances in Bogota
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The Secretariat of Health of Bogotá together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), have been carrying out the third district study of the consumption of psychoactive substances in Bogotá, to evaluate and make decisions regarding care programs.

The study seeks to determine the periodicity of the consumption of psychoactive substances, in addition to the relationship of consumption with factors such as sex, age, occupation, education, socioeconomic level and place of residence.

It also seeks to detect patterns of consumption of various substances, risk perception and prevention programs, among others.

The collection of information for the current study is carried out through the application of a survey and later the analysis of the information is carried out, as well as the elaboration and socialization of the final document with the results found.

It is important to point out that all the data of the people who provide the information are totally confidential. "The people who are going to carry out the survey are from the Centro Nacional de Consultoría... We invite you to open the doors to this study, which is very important, it is the third in the city and it will allow us to update all the information necessary to make decisions on public policies related to the consumption of psychoactive substances in Bogotá and continue advancing to improve mental health," said the Undersecretary of Public Health, Manuel González.

According to data obtained in the previous study, in 2016, 16% of the people surveyed claimed to have used an illicit drug at least once in their lives (including: marijuana, cocaine, bazuco, ecstasy, inhalants, dick, heroin ), with 22.9% in the case of men and 10.8% among women.

With the results obtained in this study, the Ministry of Health hopes to review the different prevention and care programs, the district psychoactive hotline service, the actions in care settings, among other aspects.

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Por July Pulgarín


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